Sunday, October 8 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Jack O’Carroll 2 & Joey Kelly
The U17’s were the only junior side in action at the weekend. They welcomed Star Rovers to Derryleigh Park in their first home game since August 24 and played out an exciting 3-3 draw. It was a real humdinger of a game with 6 goals, the lead exchanging hands a couple of times, a penalty and lots of drama. Star took the lead 20 minutes into the first half but Newport equalised when Jack O’Carroll calmly slotted home after Jack Foley had been upended in the box by the Star keeper. 1-1 at half-time and it was anyone’s game. Star went back in front when we failed to clear the ball and the ball broke kindly for the Star player who scored from close range. Newport equalised when Jack O’Carroll fired home a brilliant free kick from the edge of the box and then went 3-2 in front when centre-half Joey Kelly rose highest to power a header to the far post from a corner. It looked like Newport would close out the game but unfortunately we failed to deal with a corner and the Star player headed home unopposed in the six yard box. Jack O’Carroll had a great chance late on but his well-struck free kick clipped the top of the bar. Points shared and a draw may well have been a fair result.
Next up is a trip away to league leaders Kilfrush next Sunday at 2pm.
Match Squad: Josh White, Robert Duggan, Brendan McMahon, Killian O’Malley, John Ryan Rose, Jack Noble, Ciaran Flynn, Sean Freeney, Jack Foley, Jack O’Carroll, Joey Kelly, Karl Kelly, Colm Carey, Cian O’Connell, Chris Carmody & Thomas O’Toole.
Saturday, September 23 2017 (Annacotty)
The 17’s travelled to play premier league side Aisling Annacotty in the FAI U17 Cup on Saturday night and lost out on a 3-0 scoreline. The scoreline was harsh on the lads as it did not reflect their efforts. They hit the cross bar, had a genuine penalty claim not given and saw their keeper make a brilliant point-blank save. It was just one of those games.
Sunday, September 10 2017 (Annacotty)
Scorers: Thomas Floyd & Colin Coleman
In a game played in storm-like conditions in strong gusty winds and torrential rain, it’s still a mystery how Newport managed to lose this game away to Aisling on a 2-3 score line. It’s fair to say that Newport dominated both possession and territory for long periods of the game and played decent football at times but this time around we paid the price for failing to put countless chances away and coughing up soft goals. We hit the woodwork at least 3 times and failed to score when at times it seemed easier to score. It was just one of those days that the lads will want to forget about and move on to the next game.
The swirling wind and wet astro-turf surface did not lend itself to decent football but Newport were trying to play ball but at times the final mis-placed pass or decision to over-play the situation saw us giving away possession or spurning opportunities. However as the first half went on the lads were growing into the game and settling to the task and looked the side more likely to break the deadlock. Unfortunately, Aisling opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, somewhat against the run of play, when they took a quick free, our players switched off and they fired home to give them a 1-0 lead, which they took in to the break. Continue reading
Thursday, September 7 2017 (Doordaoyle)
Scorers: Jack Foley 2 & Thomas Floyd
Newport travelled to Dooradoyle on Thursday evening for their fourth game in this year’s campaign with a win, a draw and loss to date. Newport started brightly and took the lead in the 13th minute when Thomas Floyd expertly headed home a pin-point free-kick from Jack Foley. This was the Birdhill’s man first goal in Newport colours. Regional equalised on 33 minutes when a defensive mis-communication allowed the Regional player to slip in between keeper and defended to tap home from close range. The game remained level until half-time.
On 55 minutes, Jack Foley latched on to the end of a slipped pass from Colin Coleman and fired home to continue his remarkable goal-scoring run. Despite playing well in patches, Newport failed to put Regional to the sword and we rode our luck sometimes at the back. However, with 9 minutes remaining, Jack Foley ensured that all three points on offer would be returning to Derryleigh Park with a thunder-bolt of a shot from the edge of the box. On overall play Newport deserved the win. Going forward, we will need to be more clinical up front and turn the possession into goals and tighten up at the back. Every game so far has been nervous and tense but you sense that if the lads click together they are more than capable of getting a result against anyone.
Next up is an away trip to Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon.
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Thursday, August 24 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Jack Foley & Jack Noble
The 17’s welcomed Corbally to Derryleigh Park for their third game of the season. After a win & defeat in their opening two games, Newport knew that the visiting side were going to provide a stern test and so it proved in a very entertaining & exciting game.
Newport started the brighter and had two great chances to take the lead in the first 10 minutes with shots from Jack Foley & Sean Freeney. Unfortunately Sean’s game ended early after he was forced to come off with a back injury. In the 22nd minute, our keeper, Josh White, gave away a penalty but redeemed himself with an excellent save, his second penalty save in a row. The first half was very open and free-flowing with the home side putting some nice moves together but after 45 minutes the game remained scoreless with everything to play for in the second half. Continue reading
Sunday, August 20 2017 (Charleville)
Scorers: Jack Noble & Devon Ryan
Minus a couple of players, Newport travelled to Charleville for their secondleague fixture of the season, in what was always going to be a tough game as the home team had won the County League last season. Despite the heavy rain overnight and the morning, the pitchwas in absolutely immaculate condition, which invoted both teams to play the ball on the deck.
The first 15 minutes was an even contest with both sides probing. However it was Charleville who broke the deadlock in the 18th minute and they then doubled their lead in the 30th minute. This Newport team is a brand new side and the players are only getting used to playing with one another but they worked a lovely free kick in the 37th minute when Colin Coleman took a quick free kick in the middle of the park and passed to left full-back, Brendan McMahon who had overlapped on the wing and his pin-point cross was bravely headed to the net by Jack Noble under fierce pressure from the big keeper. 2-1 at half-time and Newport were right back in the game. Continue reading
Wednesday, August 16 2017 (Derryleigh Park)
Scorers: Devon Ryan (3) & Ciaran Flynn
Newport U17’s got their league campaign off to a good start with a 4-3 win at home to Kilfrush. However it was a real get out of jail game as despite leading 4-0 at half-time, the concession of 3 second half goals led to a very nervy & exciting finish and it needed a penalty save late-on from the Newport keeper, Josh White, to ensure that the home side collected all 3 points on offer.
This is a brand new side with a lot of new players making their competitive debut for the club. However it took just 50 seconds of the new season for them to combine well to open the scoring. Devon Ryan timed his run perfectly to latch on to a super diagonal ball from Jack Noble and coolly lobbed the keeper to make it 1-0. Devon then scored his second in the 26th minute and at this stage Newport had settled well into the game and all the debutants were playing their part. In the 32nd minute, another new signing, Ciaran Flynn, let fly from 30 yards out and his shot was rifled to the top tight corner, giving the keeper no chance. Devon Ryan then was on hand to round off his first half hat-trick and a very good debut, when he got on the end of a low drilled cross from the left by the impressive Jack Foley. 4-0 at half time. Continue reading
The club has finalised the junior management set-up for the upcoming 2017/2018 season. All squads & management will be in support of the club policy of the development of our young players potential.
Along with team managers, a large backroom support team will be in place across the five squads working in unison. We thank everyone for their interest in our team management this year. We wish our squads the best of luck for the season.
Junior A’s – Ailbe Coffey / Marc Barry / Adrian Hurley / Lar Kennedy / Ger O’Brien / Mike O’Donoghue / Tom Hickey;
Junior B’s – Dave O’Brien / Marc Barry / Stephen Carroll;
Junior C’s – Kevin Healy / Chris Madden;
Youths (U18) – Adrian Hurley / Don Houlihan / Ailbe Coffey / Lar Kennedy / Tim Coffey ;
U17 – Peter Coleman / Alonn Flynn / Dave Noble / Tom O’Malley;
Next season, we intend fielding an U17 Youths side in the Limerick League for players born in 2001/2002. If you are interested in playing with Newport next season or know a player that may be interested, please contact Club Secretary, Ailbe Coffey on 087 6504779.
Congrats to our players who have made it on to the Limerick League Junior Teams of the Year for the 2016/17 season. Dave Ryan Rose was selected on the Div 4 Team, while Steve McDermott & Kevin O’Brien were named as subs. Meanwhile Elliott Slattery and Devlin Courtney were both named on the U17 Div 2 Team of the Year. Well done lads.